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Waddell, Rutherford

Collection | Ref # ARC-0393 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Waddell, Rutherford


Waddell, Rutherford

Level of description:



0.46 linear metres

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Rutherford Waddell was an Irish-born Presbyterian minister, social reformer and writer. He played a leading role in exposing 'sweated labour' in Dunedin and was a member of the 1890 Royal Commission on Sweating that influenced new social legislation. Waddell was the first editor of 'The Christian Outlook' (later the 'Outlook') from 1894 to 1902 (from 'Dictionary of New Zealand Biography', volume 2, 1993).

Scope and contents:

This collection includes 46 notebooks compiled by Waddell. They contain handwritten extracts and clippings from some of the books, journals and newspapers he studied. They relate to a wide variety of topics, including theology, economics, sociology, philosophy and poetry. A letter from Waddell to an 'old friend' is also included in the collection.

Dates covered:

Circa 1888 - 1926

Archival history:

The notebooks (MS-551) were a bequest from William Downie Stewart.

Access conditions:

Not restricted.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Broad Bay (Urban Satellite, Otago) · Dunedin


Poetry · Theology · Sociology

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